Despite the improving unemployment rate, Ohio overall is still lagging the national average, said Andrew J. Kidd, senior economist with the Economic Research Center at the right-leaning Buckeye Institute, in a news release.
“Ohio’s unemployment rate fell slightly to 4.4 percent, down from 4.5 percent in February. This continued trend, combined with a similar labor force participation rate, is a positive indicator that Ohio’s job market is allowing individuals who desire jobs to get jobs. However, Ohio has yet to reach the national unemployment rate of 4.1 percent.
“This, as well as a labor force participation rate lower than the national average shows that Ohio still has work to do.”
In Champaign County, economic development officials launched a website called Community JobConnect to serve as a community job board, said Marcia Bailey, director of the Champaign Economic Partnership. The CEP serves as an economic development entity for the county.
Bailey said there are still people in the community looking for work or who work part-time but are looking for full-time jobs.
About 40 Champaign County employers have posted job openings on the free Community JobConnect site, even without much marketing.
“Hopefully more people are going to use that for job-seeking, not just to post jobs but actually to find jobs and load their resumes onto it,” Bailey said.
January — 4.6 percent
February — 4.4 percent
March — 4 percent
January — 4.1 percent
February — 3.7 percent
March — 3.3 percent
Source: Ohio Department of Job and Family Services